Catholic Makers of America: Biographical Sketches of Catholic Statesmen and Political Thinkers in America's First Century, 1776-1876

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Krason, Stephen M. (Ed.). Catholic Makers of America: Biographical Sketches of Catholic Statesmen and Political Thinkers in America's First Century, 1776-1876. (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. 2006. Pp. vi, 260. $29-95 paperback.)

In 1966, J. Herman Scliauinger published Profiles in Action: American Catholics in Public Life, one of the first historical attempts to outline the role of Catholics in politics.That book is long since out of print. Catholic Makers, relying to some extent on Schauinger's work, is a collection of nine essays on prominent American Catholics (Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Daniel Carroll, Thomas Fitzsimons, Thomas Sim Lee, William Gaston, Roger Brooke Taney Orestes A. Brownson, Peter Hardeman Burnett, and James Campbell) involved in various ways in American political life and thought from 1776 to 1876.The essays, written by historians and political scientists, are intended to provide general introductions to the political contributions these men made to American life. The essays, with the exception of the one by Donald J. …